I’m a published author!

Let’s face it, nobody else is going to blow my trumpet, so I’ll have to do it myself. Hmm… maybe I should rephrase that, evil minds might well twist it into something else — much in the same way that I just did, in fact.

With that out of the way: Ever since I was a teenager I’ve been a wannabe author. My English teacher at my alma mater wanted me to promise never to give up writing. I told him I would keep writing, but in the back of my mind was the thought that maybe this was what he said to all his pupils.

That label (‘wannabe’) grew larger and ever larger over the years, and the dream faded. Reluctantly, I eventually admitted to myself that although I may have some talent as a wordsmith, I lack the ability to ‘put myself out there’. Fear of failure has meant that I’ve only ever submitted one piece of writing (a poem called ‘These Old Gods‘) for publication. That piece was accepted and published in an anthology. (I should perhaps have taken heart from that; but when the publishers asked me to buy a copy for an arm and a leg, I became cynical about their real intentions.)

Book cover of 'The Eclectic' by Colin Reynolds

The Eclectic

About a baker’s dozen years ago,
I had a burst of enthusiasm that resulted in the expulsion of a handful of short stories from my noggin in the space of a few weeks. Those works have sat gathering proverbial dust in the interim, and have never been submitted for consideration anywhere. Oh, I kept promising myself that one day I would grab the bull by the horns,Β  but if there’s one thing I’ve always excelled at, it’s procrastination.

Regular readers will have followed my ‘How to make an eBook’ tale (it starts here). And in the space of two short weeks I turned the writings of a wannabe author into a product that is now available on Amazon at a bargain price. Two copies have already been sold!

If you should choose to acquire it, please do let me know what you think of it.

If you do, I’ll even let you in on the secret of Alan Temaficoni’s real name!

About pendantry

Phlyarologist (part-time) and pendant. Campaigner for action against anthropogenic global warming (AGW) and injustice in all its forms. Humanist, atheist, notoftenpist. Wannabe poet, writer and astronaut.
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54 Responses to I’m a published author!

  1. Congratulations my friend, or can I now call you Colin?. Wonderful that you have put this collection together, wishing you every success with your publication. πŸ™πŸ˜„

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  2. River Dixon says:

    This is great. Congratulations on the publication!

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  3. masercot says:

    Congrats! I got published this year also… in an anthology. It feels great, doesn’t it?

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    • pendantry says:

      Well, sort of. I’m pleased I finally got my words out of their prison… but mine is a self-published work; I suspect it feels very different being accepted by a publisher.

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      • mistermuse says:

        The publishing world is very different now (mostly electronic vs. paper decades ago, when I had many poems & a few short stories published), but a few things probably remain the same: think about and concentrate on the kind of writing you do best, edit your writing multiple times until you’re satisfied what you’re working on is the very best you can make it, submit it to APPROPRIATE publications for your work, and don’t give up after rejection..

        Good luck!

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      • masercot says:

        You’re a writer because you write. Acceptance is nice, but we write for ourselves…

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        • pendantry says:

          But do we, though? I can’t deny that I get a certain pleasure from a well-crafted sentence, but a piece of writing that’s only ever read by the writer is like an artist admiring his work and then hanging his painting in the darkness at the back of a closet.

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  4. Congratulations. Wonderful news.

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  5. I’ve been meaning to order a copy of your book but rarely use my Kindle so I’m sort of languishing in no-man’s land! Is it going to be available in other digital formats?

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  6. john zande says:

    Wohoo! A deserved feather!

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  7. revruss1220 says:

    Fantastic! Congratulations on that wonderful accomplishment. It is a real validation of your ability.

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  8. Emma Cownie says:

    Well Congratulations. There is great satisfaction in seeing your name on the spine of a book!

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  9. That’s great!! Congratulations!!

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  10. I can relate to much of what you express (except taking the leap to self-publish). Kudos to you and wishing you all the best. May you enjoy every drop of sweet success!

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  11. Paco Jariego says:

    Parallel lives, different languages, same time.. You publish. I publish: https://pacojariego.me/2020/03/08/homo-sapiens-2-0/ Congratulations, and very good luck!!

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  12. That is so cool, congratulations.

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  13. “Volume one in a series of one.” Absolutely hysterical.
    Well done!
    I got my story in an anthology a couple of months back. It’s an awesome feeling. However, I cannot wait to have an entire book written by me. One day…

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    • pendantry says:

      If there’s one thing I’ve learned over the years, it’s that ‘one day…’ never comes — I’m certainly no expert, but I think you have to make it happen, or it turns into ‘never’ :/

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      • Oh, I’m making it happen (I wrote the manuscript, now am editing it). It just takes much longer than I had previously expected it to. You simply don’t go from sitting down to write to publishing in a matter of a week.

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        • pendantry says:

          So how about posting it on Scribophile? I want to read it (and, of course, pick holes in ithelp you edit it).

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          • I think I read in the rules that publishing it there does not count as “publishing.” Is that what you know, too? I have this hope of publishing traditionally and don’t want to shoot myself in the foot by making my manuscript visible.

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          • pendantry says:

            It doesn’t count as ‘publishing’ because it’s a password-protected members-only site. A LOT of people use it to workshop their writing; I’m pretty sure that if it it were a problem, this wouldn’t be the case.

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  14. By the Gods and medium sized frogs! That’s absolutely brilliant! Well done Colin (stole his name and shall now use it), what an acheivement, I’m buying a copy now, if you were selling a hard copy I’d get that, I have two other solid books by blogger friends and five e-books too, and each one has proven to be really enjoyable and in some cases enlightening stuff. I look for ward to yours. Do poke me on the Cloud in around a month to remind me to say what I think (it takes me a long time to get through tomes these days) as I have a genuine issue remembering pretty much anything.

    – Esme doing a small dance of congratulations for him upon the Cloud

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  15. Hariod Brawn says:

    Just bought my copy, Colin. Can’t figure out how to read it though. Seems I have Kindle for PC, and Amazon say they ‘delivered’ it after I pushed a button, but when I look for it, it’s not there. N’er mind, I’ll work it out. Not keen on eBooks, frankly, but wanted to read your book.

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  16. This is so amazing. I will definitely read your eBook. I am sure I will absolutely love it .πŸ™‚
    I too want to publish my own book some day. Fingers crossed 🀞

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  17. Dr Bob Rich says:

    Naturally, you’ll send me a 200 word promo item for the next Bobbing Around. Book cover pic can come too.
    πŸ™‚
    Bob

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